It’s funny, but often I get my recipe inspiration when I have an event or theme to work with. Probably because the possibilities are endless when it comes to dreaming up recipes and it’s one way of narrowing things down. LOL
I created these Sunshine Bliss Balls as I was preparing to head to Cincinnati a few weeks ago for a Bible Study Fellowhship leaders retreat. If you’re not familiar with BSF, it’s an international Bible study program and one that has been an ah-mazing resource for me and thousands of others around the world.
Whenever I travel away from home, I always prepare myself by packing “survival” foods because I’ve learned that most places are at a loss of how to accommodate a vegan diet in a way the stretches beyond a salad. Now, I never mind eating salads (see my last post), but when I’m paying for it, I want something more than I can easily make at home…and for much cheaper.
So I’ve learned that if I want to balance my diet, I need to supplement what is available with what I can bring.
One of the ways I do that is with snacks. Especially energy balls. Like these Sunshine Bliss Balls.
The beauty of an energy ball is they are extremely portable, typically contain a good mix of carbs, fats and protein and can satisfy a sweet tooth, snackish craving without any added sugar or empty calories.
This recipe took it’s inspiration from a date-orange slice recipe that my mom found years ago when we lived in England. I wanted to replicate the tanginess but take it in a different direction as well. Like adding fresh turmeric which is inflammatory and an antioxidant.
In these Sunshine Bliss Balls you will find:
- dried mango
- dried apricots
- unsweetened shredded coconut
- almond butter
- sesame seeds
- fresh turmeric
- orange juice
They are a little on the stickier side, so you definitely want to coat them in the unsweetened shredded coconut and keeping them in the fridge is a plus (although they can hold up at room temp). If you make them to travel, packing them in a sturdy container is essential.
Okay, ready for the recipe? Here you go!
When you need a bright boost of macro- and micro-nutrients on the go, these Sunshine Bliss Balls are just the things.
- 1 cup dried mango
- 1 cup dried apricots
- 1 cup medjool dates*
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated turmeric
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1 T sesame seeds
- 1/16 tsp sea salt
If the mango, apricots or dates are on the dry side, briefly soak them in warm water to soften them. Drain, then add them to a food processor or strong blender along with the remaining ingredients and blend until thoroughly combined. You will scrape the bowl a few times to ensure easy mixing.
Spoon out enough mixture to form 1" balls. Since the "batter" is sticky, have a bowl of water next to you to lightly dampen your hands as you roll each ball.
Roll each bliss ball into unsweetened shredded coconut and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
I highly recommend buying only dried fruit that is free from sulfur, additives and sugar.
It's best to buy Medjool dates with the pits still in them as they are more moist than the pre-pitted kind. Obviously, you'll need to remove those pits before soaking/blending. 😉
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- Happily, Aldi has been carrying Medjool dates lately, but you can also find them here.
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- reduced cravings for carbs and sugar
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